Jaqui's Daily Blog

Friday 29th June

Today would have been my dear Dad's birthday.  Had he lived till now, he would have been 97 today.  However, if asked, I know he would have said, as he always did when asked his age: "I'm 21 today!"

 

Two things you should know about my Dad.  A salesman through and through, he always had a keen eye for a bargain and he loved all sports.  So on his birthday I think it's worth re-telling a story which has passed into our family folklore.

 

Soon after I was born, my Mum sent Dad out to buy me a pram, having seen one advertised, second-hand, for the princely sum of 10 shillings (that's 50p to those of you born in the decimal age........)

 

Dad duly spent the 10 shillings and came home with a bargain - in the shape of a full-size snooker table.  The shoppers among you will doubtless agree that some bargains just have to be snapped up.  History does not relate my mother's reaction. 

 

Obviously I was too young to bear a grudge.  So, Happy 21st Birthday (again) dear Dad!

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28.12 | 07:41

This wonderful blog has summed up the true meaning of A Christmas Day. Once the dread of a restricted day had sunk in, other ways were invented. Thank you

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22.12 | 09:20

So sorry to hear that Brian is in hospital. It would be bad at any time but at present....... It must be true agony for you. You'll both be in my thoughts. xx

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22.08 | 02:02

Karen,

I'll be able to help you with information on the usher's as Thomas Henry Usher is my aunt's ancestor as well can you please email me so we can talk

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22.08 | 02:00

Hi Karen,

I thought I would try again to see if I can get a response from you again please email me so we can talk further. My email is: lol-emma@live.com.au

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